As a globetrotter, I have visited many destinations around the globe, and Japan remains one of my favourite destinations. For this trip, I had used a clever app, Hipmunk, to help me discover new neighbourhoods to explore in Japan, seeing that I had previously visited the other popular neighbourhoods of Tokyo. This brought me to the district of Shinsaibashi, and the newly-opened Hotel the Flag.
Hotel The Flag is well-situated between the Shinsaibashi Station and Nagahoribashi Station, a quick 5 minutes walk from the hotel. We were also near the world-famous shopping belts like the Shinsaibashi and Amerikamura, just a stone’s throw away. The hotel lobby is located on the second floor, easily accessible via the set of lifts. The hotel lobby is decorated with rich tones of deep purples and browns, with a fireplace in the middle of the seating area of the lobby. The hotel was spotless and had a mild piped fragrance and the friendly staff were extremely warm and welcoming.
I had booked a Deluxe Twin room, largely because of the interesting layout of the room I had seen from their official website, and I was not disappointed! The room was spacious and well-designed to accommodate all the modern and luxurious amenities. I have to make special mention of the Delonghi kettle which was made available for our use in the room, and the customised ceramic cups were proudly emblazoned with “Hotel The Flag”. In hospitality, it’s truly the little touches that take the customer’s breath away.
If you are exploring other room types, the hotel has a selection of non-smoking standard double rooms, standard twin rooms, deluxe double rooms, wheelchair accessible rooms, and the larger and more economical, triple-sharing rooms. The entire property is equipped with free WiFi connectivity.
The in-house restaurant, Be.zen, is located on the second level, just opposite the check-in counter. The interior design of the restaurant are tastefully done, and minimalist in style. Muted, earthly tones provide the perfect backdrop to tantalise your tastebuds with the special fusion of traditional Japanese flavours with American and Italian classics.
Chef Hayashida has perfected the food art of magically creating delicious dishes that combine lovely color palettes, seasonal fresh aroma of produce and ingredients. The comprehensive breakfast menu boasts authentic Japanese dishes like Chikuzenni Stew, Tsukemono Pickles, Boiled Eggplant with Seasoned Rice, amongst many others.
We were privileged with the opportunity to visit numerous culturally-rich attractions during our stay at Hotel The Flag Shinsaibashi, these include the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, Hozen-ji Temple, Tsutenkaku Tower, and National Bunraku Theater. With Japan’s unique culture and history, it is important to remember to respect the boundaries of what we, as visitors should do to be reverent to this beautiful country and its people. We also managed to squeeze in a spot of shopping at the Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Daimaru Shinsaibashi, and Namba CITY shopping malls! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be happy to know that Family Mart and other convenience stores are just down the street – stock up on your Japanese goodies!
The Shinsaibashi neighbourhood is a great one to explore if you have not yet been here. Hotel The Flag is a relatively new premise and as such, the condition of the hotel is pristine and the service you’ll receive here is second to none. This is truly one of the memorable stays I’ve enjoyed as an ardent traveller.
Address: Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku,
Higashi Shinsaibashi 1-18-30